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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kdhy11

"Influencer" / spammer aboard DUO

I'm posting to alert legitimate DUO users and admins: Someone using the handle Ann334292 is spamming multiple threads with a message about marriage infidelity and an agent who can fix such matters.

So far I've counted 10 threads (more are likely as I continue browsing) contaminated by this message / messenger. Easy to recognize because it's always completely out of context with the topic of the threads. All showing the same time of posting (UTC 10:00 on Friday Jun 21) so likely a bot, not a person.

Please downvote anytime you see this message in any thread, so it can be made to go away.

The DUO forums are usually a joy to browse, cuz they're almost always on topic and informative. Help keep the forums that way . . .

June 21, 2019

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Quote: Please downvote anytime you see this message in any thread, so it can be made to go away.

Unfortuantely, this won't help anything.

Downvoted comments (e.g -3) are not hidden anymore.
Probably an update to the "discussion forum software" which broke that functionality.

Downvoting will also not stop a bot to permanently add new comments to other existing threads.

The only way to stop this is by filing an abuse report....or to hope that any forum moderator might notice it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/uphilldweller

I have noticed. Perhaps the -5 rule should apply 'in thread'?

Or a report button?

Or only 'bone fide language learners' ie streak 50+500XP/month or something can post?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pinkichigotiger

-5 shouldn't apply in thread because some 'downvoters' will downvote a perfectly fine comment.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Parislover1217

Three posted on a discussion It was about my year in French... thanks for informing us I downvoted the comment


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pentaan

Please, submit an abuse report via
https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/205101500-How-do-I-report-abuse-
instead of giving more attention to the spammer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kdhy11

Done and thanks. I couldn't find a "contact" button anywhere, or a "report abuse" button. This is a link that needs to be in a Sticky at the top of the Forums.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RB9wjS

Are they propagandizing in multiple languages? If so, then it's not spam.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beebee201909

She said 10 threads, and if its not about languages, the post/s shouldn't be there.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Corinnebelle

Just encountered "Ann". With zero downvotes! Can't believe she was on the next post or so down the list.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShiloRober

I saw those. I dislike them a lot.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamTheMarshMello

Thanks for the advice. I'll watch out for the user so i can downvote their posts its like a project

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